January 21, 2013 is a Significant Day in US History

Today, January 21, 2013, is a very significant day in U.S. History for:
1) We as a nation are celebrating the 57th inauguration of the first African American President, Barack Hussein Obama, for a second term;
2) My family and local community are spending the whole day observing and honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  a prominent American clergyman, activist, and leader of the Civil Rights Movement.

57th Inauguration Ceremony

President Obama’s family watches as he takes the oath of office for a second time. Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press, January 21, 2013

Even though I am not in Washington, D.C. where the inauguration of President Barack Obama is actively taking place, I am glued to my television, as are members of my family (especially our children), watching this unforgettable day unfold.

Oh how I wish all of my ancestors who experienced firsthand but did not live through — slavery, the dangers of the Reconstruction Era, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement — could see this day! Yet, there were times when I could feel their presence all around me. And whenever I felt their presence I would quickly look at the palms of my hands and Thich Nhat Hanh’s words would come to mind assuring me . . .

. . .  into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”

When I turned to Google to search for more information and news coverage about all of the inaugural festivities planned for the day, I paused to enjoy the Martin Luther King, Jr. Google Doodle in blue, purple and yellow that you see below.

MLK Google Doodle - January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King Google Doodle – January 21, 2013

In place of the first “o” in the word Google, there is a side profile of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and when clicked, takes you to the first 50 out of 467,000,000 results about the the life and legacy of Dr. King and his role in American History – WOW!

Until today, I don’t believe I have ever paid attention to the Google Doodles as much as this one. I understand that this is not the first MLK Doodle to grace the search engine’s homepage.

Past MLK Google Doodles:

2011

MLK Google Doodle, 2011

MLK Google Doodle, 2011

I don’t know about you, but seeing the 2011 MLK Google Doodle above made me think of that part of Dr. King’s speech that says,

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!”

2010

MLK Google Doodle, 2010

MLK Google Doodle, 2010

The 2010 MLK Google Doodle above is definitely my favorite because it captures the famous 1965 voting rights march Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, did from Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL that drew 8,000 people!

This truly has been a wonderful day of celebrations my family and I won’t soon forget!

How are you celebrating this special day in our nation’s history? Let me know!